If you’re new to coworking, you might be curious about the demographic of coworkers in coworking spaces. Here are the types of people that you might run into:
Let’s begin with mobile workers. Always on the go, freelancers can sometimes find that the lack of a proper office space hinders their productivity. In addition, working alone on the road or at home can get boring. This is where coworking spaces come in– they provide a community of coworkers, office facilities like printing machines and Skype phone booths, as well as sleek office spaces that gets you in the mood to get stuff done.
The collaborative spirit and relatively lower costs (as compared to a traditional office) of coworking spaces attract many startups. All around the world, startups house their teams in coworking spaces, where they get to network and grow, especially with the wide range of events that many spaces host.
Established brands that value the community that coworking spaces have may also set up their office in coworking spaces, or allow their employees to have flexible working arrangements, and they can then work out of coworking spaces when they are out of office.
Also, some companies are hiring contingent workers like freelancers and part-time workers over traditional employment. An Intuit report predicts that this trend might become the norm by 2020, with “more than 80 percent of large corporations planning to substantially increase their use of a flexible workforce”. If this prediction is right, we might start to see more people joining the flexible workforce and working out of coworking spaces over traditional offices.
Coworking spaces are also perfect for non-profits as they offer lower rental costs, a collaborative environment where non-profits will have opportunities to meet startups and people who may be able to offer their expertise, as well as all the facilities that traditional offices have.
There are also coworking spaces that specifically targets non-profits: Fuse Factory is one such space in America. With a passion for furthering the non-profit community, the space aims to increase net revenue of all non-profits in the space by 10% in the first twelve months, with events like monthly “round table” meetings, weekly seminars and networking opportunities to help non-profits grow. As the coworking trend gains popularity, perhaps we will see such dedicated spaces locally as well.